Ernst Wilhelm Nay


16 Sep 22 — 5 Feb 23

Ernst Wilhelm Nay, With red and black dots, 1954. Hamburger Kunsthalle. © Hamburger Kunsthalle ⁄ bpk, © Ernst Wilhelm Nay Foundation, Cologne ⁄ VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2021, Photo: Elke Walford

As an artist repeatedly featured at the early editions of documenta, the German painter Ernst Wilhelm Nay (1902—1968) became internationally famous after WWII. His striking visual vernacular formed a bridge between the figurative expressionism of prewar Modernism and the gestural abstraction of the postwar period.

It is the first time this important artist has ever featured in a solo exhibition at Museum Wiesbaden and, befitting the occasion, it will be a comprehensive retrospective of Nay’s broad oeuvre. On view are not only the famous Lofoten paintings, as well as the Disc and Eye Pictures, but also the Hecate and Fugal Pictures, which were created in the Rhine-Main region. The retrospective will make these creative periods — usually perceived as self-contained and homogenous — tangible as an organic, interlocking body of work spanning many decades.

An exhibition curated by the Hamburger Kunsthalle in association with the Ernst Wilhelm Nay Stiftung, Museum Wiesbaden, and the Museum Küppersmühle für Moderne Kunst, Duisburg

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